Stokes 'behaved like a bully' towards two gay men

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

Ben Stokes was at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial

England cricketer Ben Stokes claimed he punched a man for abusing another individual "for being gay", his trial heard Wednesday.Stokes, 27, is accused at Bristol Crown Court in southwest England for alleged affray, along with 27-year-old Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, 28.Stokes, jurors heard, told police in a statement that he felt forced to defend himself because it was "two on to one" in the brawl with Ali and Hale.

He then allegedly attacked two other men who are also on trial for affray.

Stokes is facing a charge of affray over a violent incident, which took place in the early hours of September 25 outside a club in Bristol.

He allegedly knocked Hale unconscious, then Ali likewise.

"The ginger one offered me 60 and asked me if that would get them in, " he told the jury. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like [expletive] and I replied, "Thank you very much".

Stokes starred on Saturday as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Stokes maintains he was acting in self-defence with one of the investigating police officers confirming both Hale and Ali were holding bottles. "He had a green T-shirt on".

"I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed". Earlier Det Con Daniel Adams, who led investigations for Avon and Somerset Police, said Barry, who Stokes is alleged to have mocked for being flamboyant, "makes a grab on Ryan Ali around the groin area" before violence flared.

"The individual seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to another individual", Mr. Spure told the court.

Hale, after seeing them verbally abuse two gay men, Kai Barry and William O'Connor. "I can only guess I thought I was going to be attacked".

- "I was worried": Stokes -In a later statement, Stokes told officers: "These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way".

PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant". Hales said: "I feel bad".

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day global in the city.

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